Last week, we reported on an interview with Ryan Reynolds where the Canadian actor talked about the success he’s had in 2009 with two of the biggest elements being his casting into two major comic book movies: Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Deadpool.
Reynolds picked out one moment that stood out from the rest and that was when he got to see the Green Lantern prototype costumes for the movie. Seeing that and speaking with director Martin Campbell completely changed Reynolds’ mindset for the film and erased any hesitation and skepticism that he had.
“I think, seeing the prototypes for the Green Lantern costumes was a huge moment. It was a moment when I was like, “This is happening, and it’s happening in the right way.” That’s a pretty cool, definitive moment for me.”
Following that segment of the interview, MTV Splashpage put up the next part where Reynolds talked about the movie in more detail, explaining how the movie is only an origin story “to a certain degree” making comparisons to Iron Man and its success.
Reynolds explained that seeing Hal Jordan in the costume is only one aspect of the film and that the times when he’s not in superhero form are the moments you’ll truly feel and take away from the film.
“I think you walk away from this first film, and the moments that you remember and the moments that mean so much to you, not unlike ‘Iron Man,’ are the moments where the guy’s not in the suit… That to me is the tough thing to get right. And that’s something that they did get right [in ‘Iron Man’]. You see why this guy’s in the suit, and that’s what’s interesting to me. Not that he is in the suit, but why.”
Moving on, Reynolds wasn’t comfortable labeling Green Lantern as a pure origins film. He explains that the movie quickly moves to have the character of Hal Jordan being selected as the ring-bearer early on.
“It is [an origin story] to a certain degree, but it’s not a labored origin story, where the movie [truly] begins in the third act… The movie starts when it starts. We find out Hal is the guy fairly early on, and the adventure begins.”
What Ryan Reynolds says makes sense to me. Unlike Iron Man where a lot of time must be spent explaining how and why Tony Stark builds the suit and then the other suits, the explanation of how Hal Jordan gets the ring and costume can be done much more quickly in terms of screentime. This allows the story to focus on more of him learning to be the hero we know him as.
What would you like to see from the origins of the Green Lantern in the film?
Green Lantern opens in theaters June 17, 2011.
Source: MTV Splashpage
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